Police chase from Vernon to Kamloops ends with two suspects in custody

KAMLOOPS - A police chase through three Southern Interior towns has ended with two suspects arrested in Kamloops.

Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a news release that several police resources were used to help stop a pair in a white pickup truck today, Sept. 21. The truck was believed to be associated to a recent series of break and enters in the North Okanagan.

Shelkie says Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP tried to stop the vehicle in Falkland, but it fled from police and the occupants, a man and a woman, abandoned it on Highway 97 after the truck got a flat tire.

The couple then allegedly stole a Toyota Corolla which was stopped on the side of the highway. Shelkie says RCMP Air Services, Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP and Chase RCMP tried to contain the stolen vehicle, but it fled westbound on Highway 1 to Kamloops from Chase.

Air services kept an eye on the car, but RCMP ground units abandoned their attempts at stopping the vehicle.

The car was eventually spotted entering Kamloops and police deployed a spike belt, Shelkie says. That didn't stop them as they continued on, taking the Summit Drive exit into Kamloops. She says they drove along Columbia Street and jumped back onto the Trans Canada eastbound until they were eventually stopped near Vicars Road.

A 35-year-old man from Pritchard and a 25-year-old woman from Vernon, both known to police, were arrested and taken into custody. A rifle and a handgun were found inside of the Corolla, and police have determined the white pickup truck was reported stolen from Vernon on Sept. 2.

Shelkie says both suspects have been taken to Vernon, where they're facing several charges including theft of a vehicle, possession of stolen property, flight from police, and possessing weapons.

— This story was updated at 4:13 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 to include new information from Kamloops RCMP.


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